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2 for 1—Private and Government Actions Regarding Price Comparisons

Amazon made recent news for pricing items without stating a list price or whether an article was on sale or was offered at a discounted cost. The policy was based on the idea that Amazon's numerous Prime members would buy...more

Final Order against Practice Fusion Approved by FTC

On August 16, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) approved the final order resolving its privacy complaints against Practice Fusion. The complaint alleged that Practice Fusion “misled consumers by soliciting reviews for...more

Less Is More: European Commission Gives Boost to the Collaborative Economy

Sometimes, what’s omitted is more important than what’s included. And never more so than in relation to EU regulation and compliance. Providers of peer-to-peer platforms may have feared that a desire by the EU to...more

Digital Single Market Update: European Commission Concludes No New Regulation for Online Platforms

Online platforms have transformed the way we live and work and, as a result, platform operators have become some of the world’s leading brands. But the EU is concerned that Europe is not currently keeping pace with the U.S....more

FTC Announces Dog Food False Advertising Settlement

Last Thursday, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that it had settled with Mars Petcare US, Inc. (“Mars Petcare”) concerning allegedly false advertising claims relating to its Eukanuba brand dog food. ...more

DOJ Rejects Modifications of ASCAP, BMI Consent Decrees

On August 4, 2016, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) rejected changes to the 1941 consent decrees with ASCAP and BMI. These decrees have been in place since 1941, when the DOJ settled antitrust claims with ASCAP and BMI...more

Advertising Law - August 2016

Court Awake To Plaintiff’s Deceptive Sleep-Tracking Claims Against Fitbit - A challenge to Fitbit’s claims that certain models of its exercise monitoring device tracked users’ sleep patterns will move forward after a...more

Meteoric Rise Of Pokémon Go Spurs Privacy Concerns

2.7 Million Dollar HIPAA Settlement –  Last week, Oregon Health & Science University (“OHSU”) agreed to pay $2.7 million to resolve potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996...more

Advertising Law - July 2016 #4

Sen. Franken Hits Pause on Pokémon GO - After the Pokémon GO app was downloaded approximately 7.5 million times in the United States alone in its first week of release, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), the chairman of the...more

The FTC Social Media Consent Order Against SmartClick

The FTC continues its efforts to combat deceptive social media advertising. In June 2016, the FTC brought an enforcement action against SmartClick Media LLC and its owner. The FTC alleged that SmartClick engaged in the...more

FTC Acts Against Warner Brothers’ YouTube Promotion Campaign: Disclosure of Affiliation Below the “Fold” Is Not Enough

Last week, the FTC announced an agreement containing a consent order, subject to final approval, resolving its claims against Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc. (“Warner Bros.”) for the company’s misleading use of social...more

TCPA Connect - July 2016

FCC: U.S. Government Is Not a Person Under TCPA - In response to petitions filed by three government contractors seeking clarification that the federal government and its agents were exempt from liability under the...more

Manatt Digital - July 2016

A message from our Chair: We are pleased to bring you this month's newsletter as the first edition under our new brand—"Manatt Digital." Our new name, which replaces Manatt Digital Media, is reflective of our...more

FTC Consent Order Creates Uncertainty for Advertising of Credit, Lease Offers

A recent Federal Trade Commission (FTC) consent order with two Ohio auto dealers creates uncertainty not only for auto dealers, but also for all other businesses advertising credit or lease offers. The order settled...more

Regulatory scrutiny of online hotel booking continues

The 13 July 2016 saw the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announce that it had sent a questionnaire to a large sample of hotels throughout the UK. As part of a joint monitoring project with the European Commission,...more

FTC Continues to Scrutinize Social Media Influencer Programs

This week, as part of its ongoing focus on influencer programs, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settled charges against Warner Brothers Home Entertainment, Inc. regarding its use of such a campaign to market the video game...more

DOJ and FTC Encourage Competition Between Lawyers and Non-Lawyers in the Provision of Legal Services in Comments on North Carolina...

On June 10, 2016, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) jointly submitted a letter recommending that the North Carolina General Assembly limit the definition of the “practice of law” only...more

Cybersecurity News & Notes – July 2016

In Case You Missed It: Ruling in FTC v. Amazon Suggests a Way Forward for Companies Responding to Actions Brought by the FTC after a Data Breach. The FTC’s recent actions in the realm of data security have been predicated on...more

FTC Workshop Examines Competition and Consumer Protection Issues in Rooftop Solar Industry

On June 21, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) held a workshop to examine competition and consumer protection issues in the rooftop solar industry—also known as solar “distributed generation.” Beyond exploring a wide...more

Advertising Law - June 2016 #4

FTC Shuts Down Scam Touting Aid for Disabled Individuals - A telemarketer faces a Federal Trade Commission ban on claims that the sales of products would help disabled individuals....more

FTC Penalties Will More Than Double in August

Wages may be stagnant in the United States, but one thing on the rise is the price of getting on the wrong side of the Federal Trade Commission. Effective August 1, 2016, the maximum civil penalty dollar amount for...more

Cybersecurity News and Notes: June 2016 #4

In Case You Missed It - The FTC settled with mobile advertising company InMobi for $950,000 in civil penalties, along with the implementation of a privacy program, based on the FTC’s charges that InMobi impermissibly...more

Class Action Roundup: Spring 2016

Welcome to the second 2016 edition of Class Action Roundup! The first quarter of the year witnessed a few key Supreme Court decisions, even with the passing of Justice Scalia, and several settlement cases decided. The issue...more

Advertising Law - June 2016 #3

FTC Targets Spam, False Claims by Weight Loss Products - Alleging violations of the Federal Trade Commission Act and the CAN-SPAM Act, the Federal Trade Commission filed suit in Florida federal court against a pair of...more

FTC Backs FCC’s Proposed Rule on TCPA Amendments for Calls Collecting Government Debt

The Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) Bureau of Consumer Protection issued a Staff Comment on June 16, 2016, supporting several of the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) proposed regulations implementing amendments to...more

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